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Aston Martin's B-spec car has already drawn immense attention, owing to its resemblance to the RB18.

The legalities of Aston Martin's machine will undoubtedly be investigated, but assuming the team is not punished for the design of the AMR22, there will still be obstacles to overcome.

Perhaps the most significant obstacle Aston will face is understanding how to optimise the performance of their car. This is relevant because Aston Martin is essentially starting from scratch as they get to grips with the characteristics and tendencies of this almost entirely different car.


McLaren provides the best example of how important it is to have a foundational understanding of the best operating window of your car, as demonstrated by their rapid progression in the first rounds of the season. 

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From the first round in Bahrain to Lando Norris' podium in Imola, McLaren saw continual progression. These improvements could be put down to their upgrades, but a more critical factor in this resurgence was collecting enough data to identify the weaknesses of the MCL machine. 

Pre-season testing in Bahrain was catastrophic for the Woking-based team, as they struggled to complete any meaningful running amidst their persistent brake issues. 

Their poor showing in the first round was more dictated by a lack of data than an inherent pace deficit. 

Returning to Aston Martin, they will need some time to study the nature of their new machine and therefore learn how to optimise it and extract its potential fully. 

The first few rounds, therefore, might be challenging for Aston Martin, especially from a PR perspective, as anything less than a competitive midfield car will make the team a source of ridicule, given the nature of their design. 

Regardless of this, we wait with anticipation to see how impactful these changes are and where Aston Martin finds itself in the constructor's battle from this point.